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Helping law firms and corporate legal departments in the Washington, DC metropolitan area overcome their staffing challenges in a cost-effective and seamless manner is our ultimate goal. Legal E provides outstanding legal staffing solutions by offering the highest degree of professionalism, integrity and talent-driven human capital. For job seekers, Legal E offers the guidance of our expert team of recruiters and access to the area's top legal jobs through our online Career Portal. No matter what your employment needs are, Legal E is ready at a moment's notice to provide the solution!

Recent Publications

Recent Publications

Recruiting Law Firm Management and Staff

Recruiting Law Firm Management and Staff

3/24/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
a month ago

Criteria Shifts as Market Surges

By Jeanette Derby | 03.24.2017

As advancements in technology and increased globalization force accelerated change, law firms are reevaluating and restructuring their internal processes and operations at a rapid pace.  This dynamic has a tremendous effect on legal professionals as firms amend their traditional roles for “new and improved” versions of support staff.  This new legal landscape is also altering how buyers of legal services utilize attorneys under alternative fee arrangements.  Yet, with all of these changes, succession planning for executive leadership remains elusive as impending retirements and the reinvention of administrative management roles take hold.  

Historically, law firm executives gained their management status as a result of hard work and dedication, earning a steady upward progression in title, responsibility and pay within the firm.  Today, the paradigms for management structures are shifting and shaping new talent criteria.  As law firms began to adopt corporate management structures to include C-levels within headquarter offices, these upper management decision-makers were becoming strikingly influential, especially in the recruiting of other management professionals.  It is no longer uncommon for firms to strategically seek top-level management candidates without prior legal experience.  In many cases, advanced degrees, not law firm experience, are the absolute requirement.  In addition, many high-level management functions in branch offices are being eliminated or restructured to mid- level management in an effort to decrease the overall responsibility and autonomy of the branch office. 

To further re-shape the long-standing archetype, many law firms have reassigned all of their recruitment functions to a centralized location -- most typically to the HQ.  While there is practicality associated with consolidation, the centralization (and systematization) of recruiting removes the personal feel for the candidates and, with it, the value-added services offered by local, market-specific agencies who understand current salaries, candidate supply, and hiring trends.  Adding to the inherent challenges of remote recruiting, the employment market in many regions has rebounded significantly.  As a result, swift processing of candidates and intense relationship nurturing to identify and entice top talent is the name of the game.  Firms interested in securing the best candidates should focus efforts on building relationships with local recruiters.

As organizations move toward hiring initiatives focused on competencies versus traditional work history, veteran industry recruiters possess a unique vantage point and insight into the overall streamlining of legal roles and, most especially, with regard to upper management.  With law firm executive roles transitioning, it is a critical time to examine short and long-term needs and recognize that management shifts can greatly impact culture and reputation – notably in the areas of employee engagement, morale and talent attraction. 

Firms striving to ensure superior effectiveness and organizational stability should embrace all resources available in order to attract, recruit and retain thriving professionals in this extremely competitive market.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                

Jeanette Derby has specialized in legal staffing for over 3 decades and is a distinguished business leader in the Greater Washington, DC Area.  While responsible for five successful start-up ventures, Jeanette has dedicated her career to finding successful connections between job seekers and hiring managers!

Find her on LinkedIn: Jeanette Derby

Legal E’s Mission: Then and Now

Legal E’s Mission: Then and Now

1/26/2017 12:00:00 AM EST
3 months ago

Legal E’s Mission: Then and Now

By Jeanette Derby | 01.19.2017

January is an ideal time to reflect on past achievements, set goals for the coming year and essentially reexamine your Company’s mission.  Successes are often more easily identified upon reflection and are ultimately a huge motivator.  For Legal E Employment Partners, being honored by LegalTimes Best of DC for its staffing and placement contributions to the local legal industry for five consecutive years is a terrific incentive to strive even higher.  True to this distinction, the Legal E associates work tirelessly toward a strong commitment to excellence and are best known for their consultative partnership-building, forward-thinking measures, and focus on orchestrating positive results rather than revenues. 

While serving law firms and corporate legal departments as they vie for top talent, our team has seen the staffing industry struggle with administrative and economic challenges in response to recent employment regulations.  For Legal E, our dedication to risk-adverse processes only heightens our resolve and reinforces our commitment to providing the utmost due diligence throughout the candidate placement process.  We have seen that more and more legal hiring managers are now requiring absolute transparency to avoid any consequences of co-employment issues or implications.  We encourage all hiring managers to devote time to personally know their service providers; understand their due diligence and compliance practices; and inquire about background check policies -- including adverse actions. We also recommend that hiring managers thoroughly read contracts carefully before signing and require documentation as needed (e.g. wage theft forms, business licenses, insurance certificates, etc.).  

Responding to the recent legislative actions were not the only hiring challenges in 2016 for law firms.  Legal support roles shifted greatly due to advancements in technology and the continued offering of alternative fee arrangements to attract clients.  As firms began to pursue candidates with more varied professional backgrounds, Legal E had anticipated this trend several years prior and offered several promotional programs to attract and support the creative placement of non-traditional candidates as well as highly experienced legal professionals in cost-effective and seamless ways.  To further the innovative support, Legal E presents Staff Professional Development Training courses delivered on-site by an eight-year training veteran with outstanding reviews and exceptional results.

Legal E’s enduring business model offers contract/temporary staffing and direct hire placement of all legal personnel: administrative, technical, paralegal, attorney, and management. We remain steadfast in our mission to provide systems integrity, innovative staffing solutions and positive results.  Moreover, as the industry continues to evolve, we proactively offer insight on hiring trends and advocate for process transparency to ensure the best possible staffing partnerships for our clients.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                

Jeanette Derby has specialized in legal staffing for over 3 decades and is a distinguished business leader in the Greater Washington, DC Area.  While responsible for five successful start-up ventures, Jeanette has dedicated her career to finding successful connections between job seekers and hiring managers!

Find her on LinkedIn: Jeanette Derby

 

Legal E Receives Top Honors in Best of Legal Times Readers Survey

Legal E Receives Top Honors in Best of Legal Times Readers Survey

11/30/2015 12:00:00 AM EST
1 years ago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 1, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Legal E Employment Partners, a prominent legal-staffing provider in the Washington Metropolitan Area, is proud to announce that it has received top honors as DC’s Best Legal & Litigation Support Staffing firm and also ranks amongst the Best DC Based Legal Recruiters.  This is Legal E’s fourth consecutive year to be recognized by the "Best of LegalTimes" Reader's Ranking survey. 

"It is an exciting time for Legal E and we are extremely honored to receive top distinction as 2015’s Best Legal & Litigation Support Staffing organization for the DC area and also to be recognized for Best DC Based Legal Recruiter,” says Jeanette Derby, President and Founder of Legal E.  “To be acknowledged in this way by the legal industry over four consecutive years has been a source of immense pride. This accomplishment is truly a reflection of the passion for excellence demonstrated by our exceptional staff who works tirelessly to provide positive results for our business partners,” says Derby.  “On behalf of the entire Legal E team, we would also like to thank our loyal client base and the LegalTimes voters who have extended endless encouragement and countless opportunities to prove our commitment of excellence.  For that, we are truly grateful and will remain devoted to earn their continued trust and support.”    

The 2015 "Best of LegalTimes" Reader Survey included nearly 2,000 Washington, DC area readers who cast votes for their favorite vendors in 71 categories.  In a statement to the legal community, Kenneth A. Gary, Vice President and Group Publisher of The National Law Journal & LegalTimes, said, “To compete and win in today’s legal market, you have to work hard and exercise sound judgement.  Based on your votes, the companies and products highlighted in the following pages are excelling at keeping the industry moving forward and their clients in the winning column.”  In addition to winning top honors for "Best Legal & Litigation Support Staffing" found on page 17, Legal E is also recognized as a finalist for “Best DC Based Legal Recruiter” which is also found on page 17 of the LegalTimes Reader's Rankings insert of the NLJ’s November 23, 2015 issue.  Other categories in the survey will include: Best E-Discovery Consultant, Best Time and Billing Software, Best Telecommunications Provider, Best Court Reporting Service, Best Document Management Provider, Best PR Firm, etc.  To view the entire list of results, please go to http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/flipbook/BLT2015/BLT2015.html

About Legal E:

Founded in 2003, Legal E is one of DC's fastest growing legal employment service providers.  As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) business, Legal E is dedicated to providing area law firms, corporations and non-profits with highly qualified attorneys, paralegals, technical and support staff for both contract and direct-hire services.  To learn more about Legal E, please visit www.mylegale.com.

 

Contact:   Jeanette Derby

Phone:     202-319-1500

Email:      jderby@mylegale.com

ALA Partner of the Week - Client Alerts

ALA Partner of the Week - Client Alerts

4/11/2015 12:00:00 AM EDT
2 years ago

Looking Out For Our Clients: Regulation Round-Up 

April 1, 2015

Founded in 2003, Legal E Employment Partners is a premier legal employment service provider and has been recognized for the past four years amongst DC’s top Legal & Litigation Staffing firms by Legal Times Readers Survey.  As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) business, Legal E is dedicated to providing area law firms, corporations and non-profits with highly qualified attorneys and professional staff for contract and direct-hire services. 

Along with providing forward-thinking staffing solutions, Legal E is committed to exercising the highest degree of responsible and risk-averse approaches to recent legislation.  Legal E’s initiatives are designed to enhance client services and establish ongoing, mutually beneficial partnerships with the business community to include fully compliant practices and systems to substantiate co-employment safeguards.    

LOOKING OUT FOR OUR CLIENTS: REGULATION ROUND-UP

  1. “Ban the Box”

To comply with the recent Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014, also known as, “Ban the Box,” Legal E has removed any inquiries concerning an applicant's criminal history from its job applications. We also exclude any discussions regarding past criminal activity during the initial interview phase and will only conduct a criminal background check after extending a conditional offer of temporary employment. In order to ensure that hiring guidelines related to the employment of individuals with criminal records are consistent with federal, state, and local laws, Legal E encourages its clients to maintain and provide updated and detailed job descriptions which allows for properly conducted, individualized assessments of candidates when necessary. As a standard practice, Legal E adheres to all state and local requirements at the outset of each engagement, during our background check process, and when considering or taking adverse actions against applicants or employees based on criminal history. All members of the Legal E staff have been trained on the appropriate procedures regarding criminal history as it pertains to hiring and separation. 

  1. Safe and Sick Leave Act

Legal E has adopted a responsible and accountable approach to minimize risk to its clients, and is in full compliance with recently amended (adopted and suggested) legislative language in DC’s Accrued Safe and Sick Leave Act of 2008.  As a precautionary measure, all temporary employees on Legal E’s payroll are informed of their accruing SSLA leave, which is retroactive to February 22, 2014. As the statute dictates, proper notices and posters regarding employee rights are visibly present in candidate interviewing areas.

  1. Wage Theft Prevention

Legal E has fully implemented measures to comply with DC’s Amended Wage Theft Prevention Act which includes written notices to all current and newly-hired employees, as required at the time of interview and employment. All written notices are captured and recorded with easy accessibility in an effort to offer assurances of full compliance. 

TAKEAWAYS

Legal E’s careful examination and proactive policy implementation regarding these regulations is a testament to our pledge to uphold a co-employment partnership standard with our clients. We have applied legally sound practices and risk-averse approaches to ensure that we and our clients are protected. We maintain rigorous systems and safeguards designed to enrich our services and advance value-added partnerships. Serving as a trusted employment partner, Legal E continues to receive and relay regular updates concerning evolving legislation in an effort to offer fully compliant staffing solutions to its clients.

To learn more about Legal E’s services and business practices, please contact Jeanette Derby, President, at jderby@mylegale.com or call (202) 319-1500 or visit www.mylegale.com.

 

 

Legal E Honored by Legal Times Readers for Third Consecutive Year

Legal E Honored by Legal Times Readers for Third Consecutive Year

12/2/2014 12:00:00 AM EST
2 years ago

December 2, 2014

Washington, D.C. - Legal E Employment Partners, a leading legal-staffing service provider in the Washington Metropolitan Area, is proud to announce that for a third year running, the company is being recognized amongst DC's "Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing" firms as reported in the 2014 "Best of LegalTimes" Reader's Ranking survey.

"We are truly honored as one of DC’s ‘Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing Firms’ for the third consecutive year and we are so grateful to the LegalTimes readers for this recognition,  says Jeanette Derby, the president and founder of Legal E.  “I applaud the Legal E team and its exceptional talent and endless passion for positive results.  We owe many thanks to our loyal client base who have continuously supported and encouraged Legal E Employment Partners and allowed us to demonstrate our expertise in providing exceptional services.”

In the 2014 annual "Best of LegalTimes" Reader Survey over 1,500 Washington, DC area readers cast votes for their favorite vendors in 73 categories.  In a recent statement to the legal community, Tom Larranaga, publisher of the National Law Journal and the LegalTimes, said, “’The Best of LegalTimes’ puts control in the hands of end-users, readers of The National Law Journal. It provides a measure of effectiveness and passion for the brands and companies serving the legal industry in D.C.”  In addition to "Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing," which can be found on page 16 of the LegalTimes Reader's Rankings insert of the NLJ’s November 25, 2014 issue, other categories in the survey include: Best E-Discovery Consultant, Best Time and Billing Software, Best Telecommunications Provider, Best Court Reporting Service, Best Document Management Provider, Best PR Firm, etc.  To view the entire list of results, please go to http://www.nationallawjournal.com/readers-rankings/.

About Legal E:

Founded in 2003, Legal E has become one of DC's fastest growing legal employment service providers.  As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) business, Legal E is dedicated to providing area law firms, corporations and non-profits with highly qualified attorneys, paralegals and support staff for both contract and direct-hire services.  To learn more about Legal E, please visit www.mylegale.com.

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